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"Mystery" Cart'

Discussion in 'audio' started by Vinny, May 22, 2020.

  1. Vinny

    Vinny pfm Member

    Something a bit light-hearted, to tax your brains, most especially as I am not about to set up to be able to post a pic. :)
    (Anyone want to post a pic', drop me a PM with your email)

    Near certainly very old cart', stereo. Body very small by modern standards - looks to be made from gold-painted metal tube, around 10mm square and not much longer, but bevel-cut at the stylus end. The mounting plate is welded to the top of the cart'.
    The front is cream plastic with a small rectangular gold "badge" in the top LH corner looked at front-on. The rear, is black plastic and the pins are very well labelled with one pin fitted with a long metal foil tag, maybe 8mm long.

    What is it?
    It plays - it was used to dem' the PT1 when I bought it, but not through anything like decent HiFi, so what it really sound like, I have no idea.
  2. Arkless Electronics

    Arkless Electronics Trade: Amp design and repairs.

    B&O or Empire.
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  3. Vinny

    Vinny pfm Member

    I can see exactly where the idea of B&O comes from, but there are gazillions of pic's online and so far no match.

    Same goes for Empire.

    The "badge" on the front must be significant. surely?

    Overall length, ex. pins, is just 20mm
  4. Darren

    Darren All Business

  5. Vinny

    Vinny pfm Member

    ^^^^ LOL, now where is that square? :)
  6. Arkless Electronics

    Arkless Electronics Trade: Amp design and repairs.

  7. Vinny

    Vinny pfm Member

  8. Rockmeister

    Rockmeister pfm Member

    Also thought empire for the gold rectangular body and angled front, but cream and small logo? Not that I remember... Hmmm
  9. Vinny

    Vinny pfm Member

    3rd party replacement stylus?

    I have run over it with a lens and can't see anything useful. It looks like it may well have had all but no use though.
  10. Rockmeister

    Rockmeister pfm Member

    lol...that's just cheating...but maybe:(
  11. Arkless Electronics

    Arkless Electronics Trade: Amp design and repairs.

    Aha so I was right first time! What was the prize again?:D
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  12. Vinny

    Vinny pfm Member

    What's the metal "ribbon" attached to one of the connecting pins for?
  13. Vinny

    Vinny pfm Member

    I'll apologise for that - having never used a MM cart', the idea had never entered my head until searching and seeing the front off of one.
  14. Arkless Electronics

    Arkless Electronics Trade: Amp design and repairs.

    There is often an earth for the carts metal body.
  15. suzywong

    suzywong Wot, no electrons?

    Empire 888TE?
  16. wow&flutter

    wow&flutter pfm Member

    That’ll be an old Stanton, maybe a 500 series. Came with a black or white stylus body with a small square on the front.
    Pretty sure they didn’t have the cleaning brush attachment.
  17. Vinny

    Vinny pfm Member

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